Backup Simplicity
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Make daily bootable backups.   Demo ($49.95)
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Backup Simplicity is a low-cost, set-and-forget backup utility. It makes a daily bootable backup of your OS X system disk to another directly-connected IDE or FireWire disk. It makes the backup even if you're logged out, or the computer is sleeping. It will save a history of old versions of your files, to the extent of available disk space, and keep a copy of that history on your system disk for safekeeping.
What's New
Version 3.0.5: Fixed a problem which caused some serial numbers to not be accepted.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.2.3 or later, second IDE or FireWire disk.

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ver. 3.x:
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Anonymous reviewed on 10 May 2005
i sometimes wonder if the only people who write reviews on MacUpdate are those who are lonely, angry or frustrated as humans...

just an observation... let the flaming begin...

Frank

ps - if you don't understand, then do us a favor and don't misunderstand. ;-)
[Version 2.0]


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alexius commented on 04 May 2005
I think y'all are misunderstanding. The website says: Your license does not expire - the serial number you purchase will always work with the software available at the time of your purchase - but it only works with new versions of the software for two years after your purchase

HEY, that's better than Apple charges for their year-point-five upgrades! And hell, we paid THEM so we could beta test 10.0, .1, and .2 !!

:)
[Version 2.0]

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Anonymous commented on 21 Jun 2005
Ah yes, because 10.1 and 10.2 were so functionally incomplete.

They worked fine - get over yourself, or do you just enjoy complaining and taking up space?
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Anonymous commented on 21 Jun 2005
I'd say 10.2 was the first version of Mac OS X that felt more or less "proper". The other versions was above all too slow.
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Anonymous reviewed on 21 Mar 2004
Thank you for info. folks, I will NOT buy this product. This license sucks!
[Version 1.1.2]


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Dana Sutton reviewed on 31 Dec 2003
I got over the my phobia of the licensing arrangement and bought the product. Then I discovered the real objection. The serious problem with this is that it does precisely what it says it will do, it makes a daily backup of your entire computer. Consider this situation: you have a bootable backup, you introduce something into your OS that screws it up. Normally you would just boot from the backup with its unchanged OS and fix, but B. Simplicity will mirror the newly-introduced problem into your backup OS as well. Especially if you're the sort who likes to try out new hacks, etc., you should only back up your Home folder daily, and NEVER modify your backup OS unless your dead sure that any changes you have introduced are okay. So this is potentially a dangerous product that could get you in a lot of trouble.
[Version 1.1]

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Anonymous commented on 04 Feb 2004
I think this is an important point you have raised. Although not a bug or flaw per se in the software, it does create the possibility of regrettable situations through its normal functioning, unless the user is fully aware.

I've chosen not to buy this product -- and to let my license on its older brother Synchronize! Pro expire -- because of the licensing agreement. I want to OWN my software, not rent it. Plus, I've never gotten Synchronize! Pro or Backup Simplicity to successfully do what I have paid or would pay for, which is create a reliably bootable backup. Too many error messages.
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Anonymous commented on 18 Aug 2004
No one should be mirroring their OS daily...to the same volume. Hard disks are so big and cheap that I have multiple rolling mirrors of the OS that are spaced out enough that I should be able to revert to a version far enough back of any OS issue introduced in recent days.
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Planeten.paultje@mac.com-Guhy replied on 21 Jun 2005
Is this any different than any other programs that make bootable clones, like for instance CCC? I'd think not.

So your objection is not related to this particular program, but to your own backup trategy.
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Anonymous reviewed on 05 Dec 2003
Worked well enough in demo mode first time round but an error message prevented further use. Initial impression was of a clean, simple interface; you had to read the log to see that the backup had finished successfully. The licensing arrangement is a killer for me in what is a competitive environment.
[Version 1.0.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 30 Nov 2003
This app would be much more appealing as a backup solution if it had a conventional, non-time-limited license. While everyone wants to create a predictable income stream -- the surest way to do that is to create great products and continue to innovate. Maybe thats why MicroShaft and others have taken the low road in requiring license updates.
[Version 1.0.1]


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Dana Sutton reviewed on 26 Nov 2003
I read the licence document carefully, nowhere does the vendor specify how long this "licence period" is. One gathers from the puchase page that the period is one year, but I'd really like to see the vendor come out and say so in his promotional literature. The whole thing is shrouded in a little too much mystery. I doubt many folks would care to gamble their money on this scheme.
[Version 1.0]


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Anonymous reviewed on 26 Nov 2003
From the product description: "This software is sold on a subscription basis. When you purchase a license, the software backs up your computer for a fixed period of time. This means that the software will stop backing up your computer when the license expires, although all the backed-up files will still be accessible."

Do yourself a favor and use Carbon Copy Cloner to do the same thing, or even just use the built-in Disk Utility on 10.3 which has a "restore' tab.
[Version 1.0]

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Joel Mueller replied on 26 Nov 2003
Carbon Copy Cloner has been wonderful to me for creating a bootable FREE backup to my FireWire drive.
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Downloads:10,856
Version Downloads:982
Type:Utilities : Backup
License:Demo
Date:28 Jan 2008
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $49.95
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Backup Simplicity is a low-cost, set-and-forget backup utility. It makes a daily bootable backup of your OS X system disk to another directly-connected IDE or FireWire disk. It makes the backup even if you're logged out, or the computer is sleeping. It will save a history of old versions of your files, to the extent of available disk space, and keep a copy of that history on your system disk for safekeeping.


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